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Chai spiced buttermilk beignets covered in powdered sugar with a small sieve.

Chai Spiced Buttermilk Beignets

Teri & Jenny
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 50
Calories 55 kcal



  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (95-115˚F)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 3 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • oil for frying


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all chai-spice ingredients until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar into water and allow mixture to sit and get frothy, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in buttermilk, 1 teaspoon prepared chai-spice, baking soda, salt, and egg.
  • Add flour, ½ cup at a time, until fully incorporated and a rough dough comes together. Turn mixture out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for 4 to 6 minutes or until a smooth dough forms.
  • Place dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp towel. Allow dough to sit in a warm area until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Fill a tall-and wide pot with 2-inches oil and preheat to 350˚F.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, punch down in center to deflate, turn out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and cut dough into two equal pieces. Cover one piece of dough and roll out the other until ⅛ inch thick.
  • Slice rolled dough into a crosshatch pattern, creating 1-inch diamonds. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  • Carefully and gently drop a few pieces of dough into the hot oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  • Drain onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels and repeat until all dough has been fried.
  •  In a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar and remaining chai-spice and scoop some of the mixture into a fine mesh sieve.
  • Top beignets with a generous amount chai-spiced powdered sugar and serve immediately.


  • *Makes 50 Beignets


Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 11IUCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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